Marie Mockett - Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye

Co-Sponsored by the San Francisco Zen Center

In Conversation with Edan Lepucki

Marie Mutsuki Mockett's family owns a Buddhist temple 25 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. In March 2011, after the earthquake and tsunami, radiation levels prohibited the burial of her Japanese grandfather's bones. As Japan mourned thousands of people lost in the disaster, Mockett also grieved for her American father, who had died unexpectedly.

Seeking consolation, Mockett is guided by a colorful cast of Zen priests and ordinary Japanese who perform rituals that disturb, haunt, and finally uplift her. Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye chronicles her journey that leads her into the radiation zone in an intricate white hazmat suit; to Eiheiji, a school for Zen Buddhist monks; on a visit to a Crab Lady and Fuzzy-Headed Priest's temple on Mount Doom; and into the "thick dark" of the subterranean labyrinth under Kiyomizu temple,San Francisco Zen Center among other twists and turns. From the ecstasy of a cherry blossom festival in the radiation zone to the ghosts inhabiting chopsticks, Mockett writes of both the earthly and the sublime with extraordinary sensitivity. Her unpretentious and engaging voice makes her the kind of companion a reader wants to stay with wherever she goes, even into the heart of grief itself.

Marie Mutsuki Mockett's novel Picking Bones from Ash was shortlisted for the 2010 Saroyan Prize and the Asian American Literary Awards for Fiction and was a finalist for the Paterson Prize.

Edan Lepucki is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a staff writer for The Millions. Her short fiction has been published in McSweeney's and Narrative magazine, among other publications, and she is the founder and director of Writing Workshops Los Angeles. California is her first novel.

 

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$26.95
ISBN-13: 9780393063011
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 1/2015

California (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780316250818
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Published: Little, Brown and Company, 7/2014

Martin Barber - Blinded by Humanity: Inside the UN's Humanitarian Operations

Co-Sponsored by Roofs of Peace

How to respond effectively to humanitarian crises is one of the most pressing and seemingly intractable problems facing the United Nations. Martin Barber, for many years a senior UN official and with decades of humanitarian experience, here argues that the explanation for UN "failures" or only partial successes lies not with any lack of idealism or good intentions but with the constraints placed on aid workers by ill-considered policies and poor practical applicationofficials are "blinded by humanity". Barber presents an inside story based on personal/hands-on/practical experience in Laos, Thailand, Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina and, finally, in Abu Dhabi where he advised the UAE government on its aid programme. He tells of internal struggles at head office and the challenges of working in the field. All the major UN activitiesand headachesare here in Blinded by Humanity: Inside the UN's Humanitarian Operations, including refugee work, coordinating humanitarian aid, peacekeeping, the huge problem of "de-mining", and the complex internal workings of the UN Secretariat.

Martin Barber was a senior UN official and has extensive experience in humanitarian affairs and peace operationsboth at UN Headquarters and in the field. He served as Director of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) at UN Headquarters in New York from 2000 until his retirement from the UN in 2005. Previously, he was Chief of Policy Development and Advocacy in the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

 

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$50.00
ISBN-13: 9781784530679
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Published: I. B. Tauris, 12/2014

John McQuaid - Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat

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Co-Sponsored by CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture)

With reporting from kitchens, supermarkets, farms, restaurants, huge food corporations, and science labs, Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat tells the story of the still-emerging concept of flavor and how our sense of taste will evolve in the coming decades. Tasty explains the scientific research taking place on multiple fronts: how genes shape our tastes; how hidden taste perceptions weave their way into every organ and system in the body; how the mind assembles flavors from the five senses and signals from body’s metabolic systems; the quest to understand why sweetness tastes good and its dangerous addictive properties; why something disgusts one person and delights another; and what today’s obsessions with extreme tastes tell us about the brain.

John McQuaid’s journalism has appeared in Smithsonian magazine, CUESAthe Washington Post, Wired, Forbes.com, and EatingWell magazine. His science and environment reporting for The Times-Picayune anticipated Hurricane Katrina, explored the global fisheries crisis and the problems of invasive species. His work has won a Pulitzer Prize, as well as awards from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute for Biological Sciences, and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. McQuaid is a graduate of Yale.

 

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ISBN-13: 9781451685008
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Published: Scribner Book Company, 1/2015

Maria Laurino - The Italian Americans: A History

In The Italian Americans: A History, Maria Laurino looks beyond the familiar Little Italys and stereotypes fostered by The Godfather and The Sopranos and reveals surprising, fascinating lives: Italian-Americans working on sugar-cane plantations in Louisiana; the banker who helped rebuild San Francisco after the great earthquake; families interned as "enemy aliens" in World War II. From anarchist radicals to "Rosie the Riveter" to Nancy Pelosi, Andrew Cuomo, and Bill de Blasio; from traditional artisans to rebel songsters like Frank Sinatra, Dion, Madonna, and Lady Gaga, this book is both exploration and celebration of the rich legacy of Italian-American life.

Maria Laurino is the author of Were You Always an Italian?, a national bestseller, and Old World Daughter, New World Mother.

 

 

 

 

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$35.00
ISBN-13: 9780393241297
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 12/2014

Thomas Pierce - Hall of Small Mammals: Stories

The stories in Thomas Pierce’s Hall of Small Mammals take place at the confluence of the commonplace and the cosmic, the intimate and the infinite. A fossil-hunter, a comedian, a hot-air balloon pilot, parents and children, believers and nonbelievers, the people in these stories are struggling to understand the absurdity and the magnitude of what it means to exist in a family, to exist in the world.

Thomas Pierce was born and raised in South Carolina. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The AtlanticOxford American, and elsewhere. A graduate of the University of Virginia creative writing program, he lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife and daughter.

 

 

 

 

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Corte Madera
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Postal Code:
94925
$27.95
ISBN-13: 9781594632525
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Riverhead Hardcover, 1/2015

Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Writing Sexy Stuff

01/24/2015 4:00 pm
Sat., Jan. 24 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $120
 
 
 
 
If you have trouble steaming up the page, this is the workshop for you. Spend a day learning the techniques for adding spicy, sensual, and sometimes funny sizzle to your work. The class is full of quick free-writes and entertaining exercises that will have you moving from comfort to erogenous zones in no time.
 
Linda Watanabe McFerrin is the founder of Left Coast Writers®. Her latest novel, Dead Love, was a Bram Stoker Award finalist.
 
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